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A Titan IVB at Cape Canaveral's Launch Complex 40 in 1997. This vehicle, similar to NMUSAF's but with a shorter payload fairing, carried the Cassini-Huygens probe into space to study Saturn. (U.S. Air Force photo)

A Titan IVB at Cape Canaveral's Launch Complex 40 in 1997. This vehicle, similar to NMUSAF's but with a shorter payload fairing, carried the Cassini-Huygens probe into space to study Saturn. (U.S. Air Force photo)

A Titan IVB rocket launch at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Launch Complex 40 on Sept. 9, 2003. The rocket carried a classified National Reconnaissance Office payload into orbit. (U.S. Air Force photo)

A Titan IVB rocket launch at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Launch Complex 40 on Sept. 9, 2003. The rocket carried a classified National Reconnaissance Office payload into orbit. (U.S. Air Force photo)

A Titan IVB  rocket at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Launch Complex 40. This vehicle is similar to the NMUSAF's rocket, but has a slightly shorter payload fairing. (U.S. Air Force photo)

A Titan IVB rocket at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Launch Complex 40. This vehicle is similar to the NMUSAF's rocket, but has a slightly shorter payload fairing. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio - The Lockheed Martin Titan IVB Rocket on display in the Space Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio - The Lockheed Martin Titan IVB Rocket on display in the Space Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio - Air Force Research Laboratory engineers and technicians from the Structural Validation Branch of the Aerospace Vehicles Division, Aerospace Systems Directorate, partnered with museum restoration crews to assemble a 60 foot tall payload fairing from the Titan IVB space launch vehicle between  Feb. 29-March 2, 2016. The impressive Titan IVB, with roots going back to the early days of U.S. Air Force and civil space launch, is significant as the museum looks to share the story of USAF and USAF-enabled space operations in its Space Gallery. The Titan IVB will be on display in the new fourth building at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force which opens to the public on June 8. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio - Air Force Research Laboratory engineers and technicians from the Structural Validation Branch of the Aerospace Vehicles Division, Aerospace Systems Directorate, partnered with museum restoration crews to assemble a 60 foot tall payload fairing from the Titan IVB space launch vehicle between Feb. 29-March 2, 2016. The impressive Titan IVB, with roots going back to the early days of U.S. Air Force and civil space launch, is significant as the museum looks to share the story of USAF and USAF-enabled space operations in its Space Gallery. The Titan IVB will be on display in the new fourth building at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force which opens to the public on June 8. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio - Air Force Research Laboratory engineers and technicians from the Structural Validation Branch of the Aerospace Vehicles Division, Aerospace Systems Directorate, partnered with museum restoration crews to assemble a 60 foot tall payload fairing from the Titan IVB space launch vehicle between  Feb. 29-March 2, 2016. The impressive Titan IVB, with roots going back to the early days of U.S. Air Force and civil space launch, is significant as the museum looks to share the story of USAF and USAF-enabled space operations in its Space Gallery. The Titan IVB will be on display in the new fourth building at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force which opens to the public on June 8. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio - Air Force Research Laboratory engineers and technicians from the Structural Validation Branch of the Aerospace Vehicles Division, Aerospace Systems Directorate, partnered with museum restoration crews to assemble a 60 foot tall payload fairing from the Titan IVB space launch vehicle between Feb. 29-March 2, 2016. The impressive Titan IVB, with roots going back to the early days of U.S. Air Force and civil space launch, is significant as the museum looks to share the story of USAF and USAF-enabled space operations in its Space Gallery. The Titan IVB will be on display in the new fourth building at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force which opens to the public on June 8. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio - Air Force Research Laboratory engineers and technicians from the Structural Validation Branch of the Aerospace Vehicles Division, Aerospace Systems Directorate, partnered with museum restoration crews to assemble a 60 foot tall payload fairing from the Titan IVB space launch vehicle between  Feb. 29-March 2, 2016. The impressive Titan IVB, with roots going back to the early days of U.S. Air Force and civil space launch, is significant as the museum looks to share the story of USAF and USAF-enabled space operations in its Space Gallery. The Titan IVB will be on display in the new fourth building at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force which opens to the public on June 8. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio - Air Force Research Laboratory engineers and technicians from the Structural Validation Branch of the Aerospace Vehicles Division, Aerospace Systems Directorate, partnered with museum restoration crews to assemble a 60 foot tall payload fairing from the Titan IVB space launch vehicle between Feb. 29-March 2, 2016. The impressive Titan IVB, with roots going back to the early days of U.S. Air Force and civil space launch, is significant as the museum looks to share the story of USAF and USAF-enabled space operations in its Space Gallery. The Titan IVB will be on display in the new fourth building at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force which opens to the public on June 8. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio - Air Force Research Laboratory engineers and technicians from the Structural Validation Branch of the Aerospace Vehicles Division, Aerospace Systems Directorate, partnered with museum restoration crews to assemble a 60 foot tall payload fairing from the Titan IVB space launch vehicle between  Feb. 29-March 2, 2016. The impressive Titan IVB, with roots going back to the early days of U.S. Air Force and civil space launch, is significant as the museum looks to share the story of USAF and USAF-enabled space operations in its Space Gallery. The Titan IVB will be on display in the new fourth building at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force which opens to the public on June 8. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio - Air Force Research Laboratory engineers and technicians from the Structural Validation Branch of the Aerospace Vehicles Division, Aerospace Systems Directorate, partnered with museum restoration crews to assemble a 60 foot tall payload fairing from the Titan IVB space launch vehicle between Feb. 29-March 2, 2016. The impressive Titan IVB, with roots going back to the early days of U.S. Air Force and civil space launch, is significant as the museum looks to share the story of USAF and USAF-enabled space operations in its Space Gallery. The Titan IVB will be on display in the new fourth building at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force which opens to the public on June 8. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio - Air Force Research Laboratory engineers and technicians from the Structural Validation Branch of the Aerospace Vehicles Division, Aerospace Systems Directorate, partnered with museum restoration crews to assemble a 60 foot tall payload fairing from the Titan IVB space launch vehicle between  Feb. 29-March 2, 2016. The impressive Titan IVB, with roots going back to the early days of U.S. Air Force and civil space launch, is significant as the museum looks to share the story of USAF and USAF-enabled space operations in its Space Gallery. The Titan IVB will be on display in the new fourth building at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force which opens to the public on June 8. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio - Air Force Research Laboratory engineers and technicians from the Structural Validation Branch of the Aerospace Vehicles Division, Aerospace Systems Directorate, partnered with museum restoration crews to assemble a 60 foot tall payload fairing from the Titan IVB space launch vehicle between Feb. 29-March 2, 2016. The impressive Titan IVB, with roots going back to the early days of U.S. Air Force and civil space launch, is significant as the museum looks to share the story of USAF and USAF-enabled space operations in its Space Gallery. The Titan IVB will be on display in the new fourth building at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force which opens to the public on June 8. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio - Air Force Research Laboratory engineers and technicians from the Structural Validation Branch of the Aerospace Vehicles Division, Aerospace Systems Directorate, partnered with museum restoration crews to assemble a 60 foot tall payload fairing from the Titan IVB space launch vehicle between  Feb. 29-March 2, 2016. The impressive Titan IVB, with roots going back to the early days of U.S. Air Force and civil space launch, is significant as the museum looks to share the story of USAF and USAF-enabled space operations in its Space Gallery. The Titan IVB will be on display in the new fourth building at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force which opens to the public on June 8. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio - Air Force Research Laboratory engineers and technicians from the Structural Validation Branch of the Aerospace Vehicles Division, Aerospace Systems Directorate, partnered with museum restoration crews to assemble a 60 foot tall payload fairing from the Titan IVB space launch vehicle between Feb. 29-March 2, 2016. The impressive Titan IVB, with roots going back to the early days of U.S. Air Force and civil space launch, is significant as the museum looks to share the story of USAF and USAF-enabled space operations in its Space Gallery. The Titan IVB will be on display in the new fourth building at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force which opens to the public on June 8. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio - Air Force Research Laboratory engineers and technicians from the Structural Validation Branch of the Aerospace Vehicles Division, Aerospace Systems Directorate, partnered with museum restoration crews to assemble a 60 foot tall payload fairing from the Titan IVB space launch vehicle between  Feb. 29-March 2, 2016. The impressive Titan IVB, with roots going back to the early days of U.S. Air Force and civil space launch, is significant as the museum looks to share the story of USAF and USAF-enabled space operations in its Space Gallery. The Titan IVB will be on display in the new fourth building at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force which opens to the public on June 8. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio - Air Force Research Laboratory engineers and technicians from the Structural Validation Branch of the Aerospace Vehicles Division, Aerospace Systems Directorate, partnered with museum restoration crews to assemble a 60 foot tall payload fairing from the Titan IVB space launch vehicle between Feb. 29-March 2, 2016. The impressive Titan IVB, with roots going back to the early days of U.S. Air Force and civil space launch, is significant as the museum looks to share the story of USAF and USAF-enabled space operations in its Space Gallery. The Titan IVB will be on display in the new fourth building at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force which opens to the public on June 8. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio - Air Force Research Laboratory engineers and technicians from the Structural Validation Branch of the Aerospace Vehicles Division, Aerospace Systems Directorate, partnered with museum restoration crews to assemble a 60 foot tall payload fairing from the Titan IVB space launch vehicle between  Feb. 29-March 2, 2016. The impressive Titan IVB, with roots going back to the early days of U.S. Air Force and civil space launch, is significant as the museum looks to share the story of USAF and USAF-enabled space operations in its Space Gallery. The Titan IVB will be on display in the new fourth building at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force which opens to the public on June 8. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio - Air Force Research Laboratory engineers and technicians from the Structural Validation Branch of the Aerospace Vehicles Division, Aerospace Systems Directorate, partnered with museum restoration crews to assemble a 60 foot tall payload fairing from the Titan IVB space launch vehicle between Feb. 29-March 2, 2016. The impressive Titan IVB, with roots going back to the early days of U.S. Air Force and civil space launch, is significant as the museum looks to share the story of USAF and USAF-enabled space operations in its Space Gallery. The Titan IVB will be on display in the new fourth building at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force which opens to the public on June 8. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio - Air Force Research Laboratory engineers and technicians from the Structural Validation Branch of the Aerospace Vehicles Division, Aerospace Systems Directorate, partnered with museum restoration crews to assemble a 60 foot tall payload fairing from the Titan IVB space launch vehicle between  Feb. 29-March 2, 2016. The impressive Titan IVB, with roots going back to the early days of U.S. Air Force and civil space launch, is significant as the museum looks to share the story of USAF and USAF-enabled space operations in its Space Gallery. The Titan IVB will be on display in the new fourth building at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force which opens to the public on June 8. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio - Air Force Research Laboratory engineers and technicians from the Structural Validation Branch of the Aerospace Vehicles Division, Aerospace Systems Directorate, partnered with museum restoration crews to assemble a 60 foot tall payload fairing from the Titan IVB space launch vehicle between Feb. 29-March 2, 2016. The impressive Titan IVB, with roots going back to the early days of U.S. Air Force and civil space launch, is significant as the museum looks to share the story of USAF and USAF-enabled space operations in its Space Gallery. The Titan IVB will be on display in the new fourth building at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force which opens to the public on June 8. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio - Air Force Research Laboratory engineers and technicians from the Structural Validation Branch of the Aerospace Vehicles Division, Aerospace Systems Directorate, partnered with museum restoration crews to assemble a 60 foot tall payload fairing from the Titan IVB space launch vehicle between  Feb. 29-March 2, 2016. The impressive Titan IVB, with roots going back to the early days of U.S. Air Force and civil space launch, is significant as the museum looks to share the story of USAF and USAF-enabled space operations in its Space Gallery. The Titan IVB will be on display in the new fourth building at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force which opens to the public on June 8. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio - Air Force Research Laboratory engineers and technicians from the Structural Validation Branch of the Aerospace Vehicles Division, Aerospace Systems Directorate, partnered with museum restoration crews to assemble a 60 foot tall payload fairing from the Titan IVB space launch vehicle between Feb. 29-March 2, 2016. The impressive Titan IVB, with roots going back to the early days of U.S. Air Force and civil space launch, is significant as the museum looks to share the story of USAF and USAF-enabled space operations in its Space Gallery. The Titan IVB will be on display in the new fourth building at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force which opens to the public on June 8. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio - Air Force Research Laboratory engineers and technicians from the Structural Validation Branch of the Aerospace Vehicles Division, Aerospace Systems Directorate, partnered with museum restoration crews to assemble a 60 foot tall payload fairing from the Titan IVB space launch vehicle between  Feb. 29-March 2, 2016. The impressive Titan IVB, with roots going back to the early days of U.S. Air Force and civil space launch, is significant as the museum looks to share the story of USAF and USAF-enabled space operations in its Space Gallery. The Titan IVB will be on display in the new fourth building at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force which opens to the public on June 8. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio - Air Force Research Laboratory engineers and technicians from the Structural Validation Branch of the Aerospace Vehicles Division, Aerospace Systems Directorate, partnered with museum restoration crews to assemble a 60 foot tall payload fairing from the Titan IVB space launch vehicle between Feb. 29-March 2, 2016. The impressive Titan IVB, with roots going back to the early days of U.S. Air Force and civil space launch, is significant as the museum looks to share the story of USAF and USAF-enabled space operations in its Space Gallery. The Titan IVB will be on display in the new fourth building at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force which opens to the public on June 8. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio - Air Force Research Laboratory engineers and technicians from the Structural Validation Branch of the Aerospace Vehicles Division, Aerospace Systems Directorate, partnered with museum restoration crews to assemble a 60 foot tall payload fairing from the Titan IVB space launch vehicle between  Feb. 29-March 2, 2016. The impressive Titan IVB, with roots going back to the early days of U.S. Air Force and civil space launch, is significant as the museum looks to share the story of USAF and USAF-enabled space operations in its Space Gallery. The Titan IVB will be on display in the new fourth building at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force which opens to the public on June 8. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio - Air Force Research Laboratory engineers and technicians from the Structural Validation Branch of the Aerospace Vehicles Division, Aerospace Systems Directorate, partnered with museum restoration crews to assemble a 60 foot tall payload fairing from the Titan IVB space launch vehicle between Feb. 29-March 2, 2016. The impressive Titan IVB, with roots going back to the early days of U.S. Air Force and civil space launch, is significant as the museum looks to share the story of USAF and USAF-enabled space operations in its Space Gallery. The Titan IVB will be on display in the new fourth building at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force which opens to the public on June 8. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio – Construction crew members working on the stand for the Titan 4B Space Launch Vehicle on August 20, 2015, in Dayton, Ohio. The 224,000 square foot building, which is scheduled to open to the public in 2016, is being privately financed by the Air Force Museum Foundation, a non-profit organization chartered to assist in the development and expansion of the museum's facilities. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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DAYTON, Ohio – Construction crew members working on the stand for the Titan 4B Space Launch Vehicle on August 20, 2015, in Dayton, Ohio. The 224,000 square foot building, which is scheduled to open to the public in 2016, is being privately financed by the Air Force Museum Foundation, a non-profit organization chartered to assist in the development and expansion of the museum's facilities. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (08/2014) -- The Titan IVB space launch vehicle in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. This is a desiccant container on Stage Two.  (U.S. Air Force photo)
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DAYTON, Ohio (08/2014) -- The Titan IVB space launch vehicle in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. This is a desiccant container on Stage Two. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (08/2014) -- The Titan IVB space launch vehicle in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. This is a connecting pin on the solid rocket motor upgrades. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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DAYTON, Ohio (08/2014) -- The Titan IVB space launch vehicle in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. This is a connecting pin on the solid rocket motor upgrades. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (08/2014) -- The Titan IVB space launch vehicle in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. This is Stage One. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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DAYTON, Ohio (08/2014) -- The Titan IVB space launch vehicle in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. This is Stage One. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (08/2014) -- The Titan IVB space launch vehicle in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. This is Stage Two which has one liquid propellant rocket engine. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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DAYTON, Ohio (08/2014) -- The Titan IVB space launch vehicle in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. This is Stage Two which has one liquid propellant rocket engine. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (08/2014) -- The Titan IVB space launch vehicle in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. These are the solid rocket motor nose cones. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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DAYTON, Ohio (08/2014) -- The Titan IVB space launch vehicle in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. These are the solid rocket motor nose cones. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (08/2014) -- The Titan IVB space launch vehicle in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. This is a solid rocket motor nose cone. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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DAYTON, Ohio (08/2014) -- The Titan IVB space launch vehicle in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. This is a solid rocket motor nose cone. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (08/2014) -- The Titan IVB space launch vehicle in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. These are sections of the payload fairings. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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DAYTON, Ohio (08/2014) -- The Titan IVB space launch vehicle in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. These are sections of the payload fairings. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (08/2014) -- The Titan IVB space launch vehicle in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. This is Stage Two which has one liquid propellant rocket engine. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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DAYTON, Ohio (08/2014) -- The Titan IVB space launch vehicle in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. This is Stage Two which has one liquid propellant rocket engine. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (08/2014) -- The Titan IVB space launch vehicle in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. This is a mounting point for the solid rocket motor upgrades. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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DAYTON, Ohio (08/2014) -- The Titan IVB space launch vehicle in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. This is a mounting point for the solid rocket motor upgrades. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (08/2014) -- The Titan IVB space launch vehicle in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. These are sections of the payload fairings. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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DAYTON, Ohio (08/2014) -- The Titan IVB space launch vehicle in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. These are sections of the payload fairings. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (08/2014) -- The Titan IVB space launch vehicle in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. This is Stage One. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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DAYTON, Ohio (08/2014) -- The Titan IVB space launch vehicle in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. This is Stage One. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (08/2014) -- The Titan IVB space launch vehicle in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. This is a section of the payload fairings  (U.S. Air Force photo)
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DAYTON, Ohio (08/2014) -- The Titan IVB space launch vehicle in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. This is a section of the payload fairings (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (08/2014) -- The Titan IVB space launch vehicle in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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DAYTON, Ohio (08/2014) -- The Titan IVB space launch vehicle in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (08/2014) -- The Titan IVB space launch vehicle in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. These are the solid rocket motor upgrades. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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DAYTON, Ohio (08/2014) -- The Titan IVB space launch vehicle in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. These are the solid rocket motor upgrades. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- The Titan IVB space launch vehicle in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. This is a look inside the solid rocket motor unit. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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DAYTON, Ohio -- The Titan IVB space launch vehicle in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. This is a look inside the solid rocket motor unit. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- The Titan IVB space launch vehicle in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. These are sections of the payload fairings. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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DAYTON, Ohio -- The Titan IVB space launch vehicle in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. These are sections of the payload fairings. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- The Titan IVB space launch vehicle in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. These are nose cones from the solid rocket motor units. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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DAYTON, Ohio -- The Titan IVB space launch vehicle in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. These are nose cones from the solid rocket motor units. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- The Titan IVB space launch vehicle in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. These are the nose cones from the solid rocket motor units. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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DAYTON, Ohio -- The Titan IVB space launch vehicle in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. These are the nose cones from the solid rocket motor units. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- The Titan IVB space launch vehicle in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. These are the solid rocket motor units and nose cones. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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DAYTON, Ohio -- The Titan IVB space launch vehicle in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. These are the solid rocket motor units and nose cones. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Visitors are able to see the Titan IVB during the Behind the Scenes Tours of the museum's restoration hangars. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio -- Visitors are able to see the Titan IVB during the Behind the Scenes Tours of the museum's restoration hangars. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio - Titan IVB stage one, and the solid rocket motor upgrades(SRMU's) were raised into their final position from 14-18 March, 2016. Orbit Industrial Contractors, Consolidated Machinery Movers, and museum restoration crews worked together using various lifts and a gantry crane system. The impressive Titan IVB, with roots going back to the early days of U.S. Air Force and civil space launch, is significant as the museum looks to share the story of USAF and USAF-enabled space operations in its Space Gallery. The Titan IVB will be on display in the new fourth building at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force which opens to the public on June 8. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio - Titan IVB stage one, and the solid rocket motor upgrades(SRMU's) were raised into their final position from 14-18 March, 2016. Orbit Industrial Contractors, Consolidated Machinery Movers, and museum restoration crews worked together using various lifts and a gantry crane system. The impressive Titan IVB, with roots going back to the early days of U.S. Air Force and civil space launch, is significant as the museum looks to share the story of USAF and USAF-enabled space operations in its Space Gallery. The Titan IVB will be on display in the new fourth building at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force which opens to the public on June 8. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio - Titan IVB stage one, and the solid rocket motor upgrades(SRMU's) were raised into their final position from 14-18 March, 2016. Orbit Industrial Contractors, Consolidated Machinery Movers, and museum restoration crews worked together using various lifts and a gantry crane system. The impressive Titan IVB, with roots going back to the early days of U.S. Air Force and civil space launch, is significant as the museum looks to share the story of USAF and USAF-enabled space operations in its Space Gallery. The Titan IVB will be on display in the new fourth building at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force which opens to the public on June 8. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio - Titan IVB stage one, and the solid rocket motor upgrades(SRMU's) were raised into their final position from 14-18 March, 2016. Orbit Industrial Contractors, Consolidated Machinery Movers, and museum restoration crews worked together using various lifts and a gantry crane system. The impressive Titan IVB, with roots going back to the early days of U.S. Air Force and civil space launch, is significant as the museum looks to share the story of USAF and USAF-enabled space operations in its Space Gallery. The Titan IVB will be on display in the new fourth building at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force which opens to the public on June 8. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio - Titan IVB stage one, and the solid rocket motor upgrades(SRMU's) were raised into their final position from 14-18 March, 2016. Orbit Industrial Contractors, Consolidated Machinery Movers, and museum restoration crews worked together using various lifts and a gantry crane system. The impressive Titan IVB, with roots going back to the early days of U.S. Air Force and civil space launch, is significant as the museum looks to share the story of USAF and USAF-enabled space operations in its Space Gallery. The Titan IVB will be on display in the new fourth building at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force which opens to the public on June 8. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio - Titan IVB stage one, and the solid rocket motor upgrades(SRMU's) were raised into their final position from 14-18 March, 2016. Orbit Industrial Contractors, Consolidated Machinery Movers, and museum restoration crews worked together using various lifts and a gantry crane system. The impressive Titan IVB, with roots going back to the early days of U.S. Air Force and civil space launch, is significant as the museum looks to share the story of USAF and USAF-enabled space operations in its Space Gallery. The Titan IVB will be on display in the new fourth building at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force which opens to the public on June 8. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio - Titan IVB stage one, and the solid rocket motor upgrades(SRMU's) were raised into their final position from 14-18 March, 2016. Orbit Industrial Contractors, Consolidated Machinery Movers, and museum restoration crews worked together using various lifts and a gantry crane system. The impressive Titan IVB, with roots going back to the early days of U.S. Air Force and civil space launch, is significant as the museum looks to share the story of USAF and USAF-enabled space operations in its Space Gallery. The Titan IVB will be on display in the new fourth building at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force which opens to the public on June 8. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio - Titan IVB stage one, and the solid rocket motor upgrades(SRMU's) were raised into their final position from 14-18 March, 2016. Orbit Industrial Contractors, Consolidated Machinery Movers, and museum restoration crews worked together using various lifts and a gantry crane system. The impressive Titan IVB, with roots going back to the early days of U.S. Air Force and civil space launch, is significant as the museum looks to share the story of USAF and USAF-enabled space operations in its Space Gallery. The Titan IVB will be on display in the new fourth building at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force which opens to the public on June 8. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio - Titan IVB stage one, and the solid rocket motor upgrades(SRMU's) were raised into their final position from 14-18 March, 2016. Orbit Industrial Contractors, Consolidated Machinery Movers, and museum restoration crews worked together using various lifts and a gantry crane system. The impressive Titan IVB, with roots going back to the early days of U.S. Air Force and civil space launch, is significant as the museum looks to share the story of USAF and USAF-enabled space operations in its Space Gallery. The Titan IVB will be on display in the new fourth building at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force which opens to the public on June 8. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio - Titan IVB stage one, and the solid rocket motor upgrades(SRMU's) were raised into their final position from 14-18 March, 2016. Orbit Industrial Contractors, Consolidated Machinery Movers, and museum restoration crews worked together using various lifts and a gantry crane system. The impressive Titan IVB, with roots going back to the early days of U.S. Air Force and civil space launch, is significant as the museum looks to share the story of USAF and USAF-enabled space operations in its Space Gallery. The Titan IVB will be on display in the new fourth building at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force which opens to the public on June 8. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio - Titan IVB stage one, and the solid rocket motor upgrades(SRMU's) were raised into their final position from 14-18 March, 2016. Orbit Industrial Contractors, Consolidated Machinery Movers, and museum restoration crews worked together using various lifts and a gantry crane system. The impressive Titan IVB, with roots going back to the early days of U.S. Air Force and civil space launch, is significant as the museum looks to share the story of USAF and USAF-enabled space operations in its Space Gallery. The Titan IVB will be on display in the new fourth building at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force which opens to the public on June 8. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio - Titan IVB stage one, and the solid rocket motor upgrades(SRMU's) were raised into their final position from 14-18 March, 2016. Orbit Industrial Contractors, Consolidated Machinery Movers, and museum restoration crews worked together using various lifts and a gantry crane system. The impressive Titan IVB, with roots going back to the early days of U.S. Air Force and civil space launch, is significant as the museum looks to share the story of USAF and USAF-enabled space operations in its Space Gallery. The Titan IVB will be on display in the new fourth building at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force which opens to the public on June 8. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio - Titan IVB stage one, and the solid rocket motor upgrades(SRMU's) were raised into their final position from 14-18 March, 2016. Orbit Industrial Contractors, Consolidated Machinery Movers, and museum restoration crews worked together using various lifts and a gantry crane system. The impressive Titan IVB, with roots going back to the early days of U.S. Air Force and civil space launch, is significant as the museum looks to share the story of USAF and USAF-enabled space operations in its Space Gallery. The Titan IVB will be on display in the new fourth building at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force which opens to the public on June 8. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio - Titan IVB stage one, and the solid rocket motor upgrades(SRMU's) were raised into their final position from 14-18 March, 2016. Orbit Industrial Contractors, Consolidated Machinery Movers, and museum restoration crews worked together using various lifts and a gantry crane system. The impressive Titan IVB, with roots going back to the early days of U.S. Air Force and civil space launch, is significant as the museum looks to share the story of USAF and USAF-enabled space operations in its Space Gallery. The Titan IVB will be on display in the new fourth building at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force which opens to the public on June 8. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio - Titan IVB stage one, and the solid rocket motor upgrades(SRMU's) were raised into their final position from 14-18 March, 2016. Orbit Industrial Contractors, Consolidated Machinery Movers, and museum restoration crews worked together using various lifts and a gantry crane system. The impressive Titan IVB, with roots going back to the early days of U.S. Air Force and civil space launch, is significant as the museum looks to share the story of USAF and USAF-enabled space operations in its Space Gallery. The Titan IVB will be on display in the new fourth building at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force which opens to the public on June 8. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio - Titan IVB stage one, and the solid rocket motor upgrades(SRMU's) were raised into their final position from 14-18 March, 2016. Orbit Industrial Contractors, Consolidated Machinery Movers, and museum restoration crews worked together using various lifts and a gantry crane system. The impressive Titan IVB, with roots going back to the early days of U.S. Air Force and civil space launch, is significant as the museum looks to share the story of USAF and USAF-enabled space operations in its Space Gallery. The Titan IVB will be on display in the new fourth building at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force which opens to the public on June 8. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio - Titan IVB stage one, and the solid rocket motor upgrades(SRMU's) were raised into their final position from 14-18 March, 2016. Orbit Industrial Contractors, Consolidated Machinery Movers, and museum restoration crews worked together using various lifts and a gantry crane system. The impressive Titan IVB, with roots going back to the early days of U.S. Air Force and civil space launch, is significant as the museum looks to share the story of USAF and USAF-enabled space operations in its Space Gallery. The Titan IVB will be on display in the new fourth building at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force which opens to the public on June 8. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio - Titan IVB stage one, and the solid rocket motor upgrades(SRMU's) were raised into their final position from 14-18 March, 2016. Orbit Industrial Contractors, Consolidated Machinery Movers, and museum restoration crews worked together using various lifts and a gantry crane system. The impressive Titan IVB, with roots going back to the early days of U.S. Air Force and civil space launch, is significant as the museum looks to share the story of USAF and USAF-enabled space operations in its Space Gallery. The Titan IVB will be on display in the new fourth building at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force which opens to the public on June 8. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio - Titan IVB stage one, and the solid rocket motor upgrades(SRMU's) were raised into their final position from 14-18 March, 2016. Orbit Industrial Contractors, Consolidated Machinery Movers, and museum restoration crews worked together using various lifts and a gantry crane system. The impressive Titan IVB, with roots going back to the early days of U.S. Air Force and civil space launch, is significant as the museum looks to share the story of USAF and USAF-enabled space operations in its Space Gallery. The Titan IVB will be on display in the new fourth building at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force which opens to the public on June 8. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio - Titan IVB stage one, and the solid rocket motor upgrades(SRMU's) were raised into their final position from 14-18 March, 2016. Orbit Industrial Contractors, Consolidated Machinery Movers, and museum restoration crews worked together using various lifts and a gantry crane system. The impressive Titan IVB, with roots going back to the early days of U.S. Air Force and civil space launch, is significant as the museum looks to share the story of USAF and USAF-enabled space operations in its Space Gallery. The Titan IVB will be on display in the new fourth building at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force which opens to the public on June 8. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio - Titan IVB stage one, and the solid rocket motor upgrades(SRMU's) were raised into their final position from 14-18 March, 2016. Orbit Industrial Contractors, Consolidated Machinery Movers, and museum restoration crews worked together using various lifts and a gantry crane system. The impressive Titan IVB, with roots going back to the early days of U.S. Air Force and civil space launch, is significant as the museum looks to share the story of USAF and USAF-enabled space operations in its Space Gallery. The Titan IVB will be on display in the new fourth building at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force which opens to the public on June 8. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio - Titan IVB stage one, and the solid rocket motor upgrades(SRMU's) were raised into their final position from 14-18 March, 2016. Orbit Industrial Contractors, Consolidated Machinery Movers, and museum restoration crews worked together using various lifts and a gantry crane system. The impressive Titan IVB, with roots going back to the early days of U.S. Air Force and civil space launch, is significant as the museum looks to share the story of USAF and USAF-enabled space operations in its Space Gallery. The Titan IVB will be on display in the new fourth building at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force which opens to the public on June 8. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio - Titan IVB stage one, and the solid rocket motor upgrades(SRMU's) were raised into their final position from 14-18 March, 2016. Orbit Industrial Contractors, Consolidated Machinery Movers, and museum restoration crews worked together using various lifts and a gantry crane system. The impressive Titan IVB, with roots going back to the early days of U.S. Air Force and civil space launch, is significant as the museum looks to share the story of USAF and USAF-enabled space operations in its Space Gallery. The Titan IVB will be on display in the new fourth building at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force which opens to the public on June 8. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio - Titan IVB stage one, and the solid rocket motor upgrades(SRMU's) were raised into their final position from 14-18 March, 2016. Orbit Industrial Contractors, Consolidated Machinery Movers, and museum restoration crews worked together using various lifts and a gantry crane system. The impressive Titan IVB, with roots going back to the early days of U.S. Air Force and civil space launch, is significant as the museum looks to share the story of USAF and USAF-enabled space operations in its Space Gallery. The Titan IVB will be on display in the new fourth building at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force which opens to the public on June 8. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio - Titan IVB stage one, and the solid rocket motor upgrades(SRMU's) were raised into their final position from 14-18 March, 2016. Orbit Industrial Contractors, Consolidated Machinery Movers, and museum restoration crews worked together using various lifts and a gantry crane system. The impressive Titan IVB, with roots going back to the early days of U.S. Air Force and civil space launch, is significant as the museum looks to share the story of USAF and USAF-enabled space operations in its Space Gallery. The Titan IVB will be on display in the new fourth building at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force which opens to the public on June 8. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio - Titan IVB stage one, and the solid rocket motor upgrades(SRMU's) were raised into their final position from 14-18 March, 2016. Orbit Industrial Contractors, Consolidated Machinery Movers, and museum restoration crews worked together using various lifts and a gantry crane system. The impressive Titan IVB, with roots going back to the early days of U.S. Air Force and civil space launch, is significant as the museum looks to share the story of USAF and USAF-enabled space operations in its Space Gallery. The Titan IVB will be on display in the new fourth building at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force which opens to the public on June 8. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio - Titan IVB stage one, and the solid rocket motor upgrades(SRMU's) were raised into their final position from 14-18 March, 2016. Orbit Industrial Contractors, Consolidated Machinery Movers, and museum restoration crews worked together using various lifts and a gantry crane system. The impressive Titan IVB, with roots going back to the early days of U.S. Air Force and civil space launch, is significant as the museum looks to share the story of USAF and USAF-enabled space operations in its Space Gallery. The Titan IVB will be on display in the new fourth building at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force which opens to the public on June 8. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio - Titan IVB stage one, and the solid rocket motor upgrades(SRMU's) were raised into their final position from 14-18 March, 2016. Orbit Industrial Contractors, Consolidated Machinery Movers, and museum restoration crews worked together using various lifts and a gantry crane system. The impressive Titan IVB, with roots going back to the early days of U.S. Air Force and civil space launch, is significant as the museum looks to share the story of USAF and USAF-enabled space operations in its Space Gallery. The Titan IVB will be on display in the new fourth building at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force which opens to the public on June 8. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio - Titan IVB stage one, and the solid rocket motor upgrades(SRMU's) were raised into their final position from 14-18 March, 2016. Orbit Industrial Contractors, Consolidated Machinery Movers, and museum restoration crews worked together using various lifts and a gantry crane system. The impressive Titan IVB, with roots going back to the early days of U.S. Air Force and civil space launch, is significant as the museum looks to share the story of USAF and USAF-enabled space operations in its Space Gallery. The Titan IVB will be on display in the new fourth building at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force which opens to the public on June 8. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio - Titan IVB stage one, and the solid rocket motor upgrades(SRMU's) were raised into their final position from 14-18 March, 2016. Orbit Industrial Contractors, Consolidated Machinery Movers, and museum restoration crews worked together using various lifts and a gantry crane system. The impressive Titan IVB, with roots going back to the early days of U.S. Air Force and civil space launch, is significant as the museum looks to share the story of USAF and USAF-enabled space operations in its Space Gallery. The Titan IVB will be on display in the new fourth building at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force which opens to the public on June 8. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio - Titan IVB stage two, and the payload fairing were both raised into their final position from 12-13 May, 2016. Maxim Crane Works and museum restoration crews worked together using two lifts to place the final
sections onto the stand. The impressive Titan IVB, with roots going back to the early days of U.S. Air Force and civil space launch, is significant as the museum looks to share the story of USAF and USAF-enabled space operations in its Space Gallery. The Titan IVB will be on display in the new fourth building at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force which opens to the public on June 8. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio - Titan IVB stage two, and the payload fairing were both raised into their final position from 12-13 May, 2016. Maxim Crane Works and museum restoration crews worked together using two lifts to place the final sections onto the stand. The impressive Titan IVB, with roots going back to the early days of U.S. Air Force and civil space launch, is significant as the museum looks to share the story of USAF and USAF-enabled space operations in its Space Gallery. The Titan IVB will be on display in the new fourth building at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force which opens to the public on June 8. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio - The Titan IVB payload fairing on display in the Space Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio - The Titan IVB payload fairing on display in the Space Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio - The Titan IVB solid rocket motor upgrades(SRMU's) on display in the Space Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio - The Titan IVB solid rocket motor upgrades(SRMU's) on display in the Space Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio - The Lockheed Martin Titan IVB Rocket on display in the Space Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio - The Lockheed Martin Titan IVB Rocket on display in the Space Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio - The North American X-15A-2(front) and the Lockheed Martin Titan IVB Rocket(rear) on display in the Space Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio - The North American X-15A-2(front) and the Lockheed Martin Titan IVB Rocket(rear) on display in the Space Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio - An overhead view of the Research and Development Gallery, and the Space Gallery in the fourth building at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio - An overhead view of the Research and Development Gallery, and the Space Gallery in the fourth building at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio - A general view of the Space Gallery entrance at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio - A general view of the Space Gallery entrance at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio - A general view of the Space Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio - A general view of the Space Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio -- The Titan IVB space launch vehicle in the Space Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Jim Copes)
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DAYTON, Ohio -- The Titan IVB space launch vehicle in the Space Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Jim Copes)

DAYTON, Ohio -- The Titan IVB space launch vehicle in the Space Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Jim Copes)
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DAYTON, Ohio -- The Titan IVB space launch vehicle in the Space Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Jim Copes)

The Titan IVB was the U.S. Air Force’s largest and most powerful expendable single-use rocket. It was a space launch vehicle used to place satellites into orbit. Titan IVB rockets boosted payloads into low earth orbit, polar orbit, or geosynchronous (stationary) orbit from either Cape Canaveral, Fla., or Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.

Although the Titan IVB was not a missile (a weapon), it was developed from a long line of missiles and launch vehicles based on the original Titan Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM). First launched in 1959, the Titan family of boosters served for nearly 50 years putting satellites and astronauts into orbit. Titan IVB flew from 1997 to 2005 with all 17 of its launches successful.

Titan IVB rockets carried several notable payloads, including classified National Reconnaissance Office satellites, early warning satellites and meteorological satellites. In 1997 a Titan IVB also launched NASA’s Cassini-Huygens spacecraft to study Saturn and its moon Titan.

The front end of the rocket is the payload fairing. It protected satellites on the way through the atmosphere to orbit, then broke away to release the payload. Fairings varied in length according to the size of the satellite. The rocket on display has an 86-foot fairing, the longest one used. Titan IVB payloads could be as heavy as 23.9 tons, about the size and weight of a large tour bus.

TECHNICAL NOTES:
Length:
204 feet
Weight: 2.2 million lbs. maximum liftoff weight
Lift capability: 47,800 lbs. (low-earth orbit), 12,700 lbs. (geosynchronous orbit using Centaur Upper Stage), 38,800 lbs. (low-earth polar orbit), 5,250 lbs. (geosynchronous orbit using Inertial Upper Stage)
Engines: Two-stage liquid-fuel core vehicle with two solid rocket boosters. Stage 1, LR87 engine of 548,000 lbs. thrust; stage 2, LR91 engine of 105,000 lbs. thrust. Two solid rocket motors of 1.5 million lbs. thrust each.

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